Take Action Now: Windows Can't Find WiFi Network in Windows 10

Take Action Now: Windows Can't Find WiFi Network in Windows 10

Windows 10 is a reliable operating system, but like any software, it can occasionally encounter issues. One common problem that many users face is Windows 10's inability to find WiFi networks.

This issue can be particularly frustrating, especially when you need to get online urgently. Fortunately, there are several solutions to this problem. This article will guide you through the steps to resolve the "Windows Can't Find WiFi Network" issue in Windows 10.

Common Causes for WiFi Network Issues​

Before diving into the solutions, it's essential to understand the common causes behind this problem:

  1. WiFi is turned off: Sometimes, the WiFi on your device might be turned off accidentally.
  2. Airplane mode is enabled: If Airplane mode is on, it will disable all wireless communications, including WiFi.
  3. Network adapter issues: Faulty or outdated network drivers can cause connectivity problems.
  4. Router issues: Problems with your router or modem can prevent your device from finding WiFi networks.
  5. Interference: Physical obstructions or other electronic devices can interfere with WiFi signals.

How can I Fix "Windows Can't Find WiFi Network" Issue?​

1. Check WiFi and Airplane Mode Settings​

The first step is to ensure that your WiFi is turned on and Airplane mode is off.

  • Turn on WiFi:
    1. Click on the Network icon in the taskbar.
    2. Ensure that the WiFi icon is highlighted.
  • Disable Airplane mode:
    1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane mode.
    2. Ensure that the Airplane mode toggle is set to Off.

2. Restart Your Device and Router​

A simple restart can often resolve connectivity issues.

  • Restart your computer: Click on the Start menu, select the Power button, and choose Restart.
  • Restart your router: Unplug your router from the power source, wait for about 30 seconds, and then plug it back in.

3. Run the Network Troubleshooter​

Windows 10 includes a built-in troubleshooter that can help diagnose and fix network problems.

  1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot.
  2. Select Internet Connections and then click Run the troubleshooter.

4. Update Network Adapter Drivers​

Outdated or faulty drivers can cause network issues. Updating your network adapter drivers can help.

  1. Press Windows + X and select Device Manager.
  2. Expand the Network adapters section.
  3. Right-click your WiFi adapter and select Update driver.
  4. Choose Search automatically for updated driver software.

5. Reset TCP/IP​

  1. Go to Search, type cmd, right-click it and run the Command Prompt (Admin). cmd int ip reset
  2. In the command line, type the following commands and press Enter after each one:
    • netsh int ip reset
    • netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
    • netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
    • netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled
  3. Reboot your PC and try to connect. If the problem persists, make sure to try out the remaining steps below.

6. Check for Windows Updates​

Ensure your system is up to date, as updates can fix underlying issues.

  1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
  2. Click Check for updates and install any available updates.

7. Reinstall Network Adapter​

Reinstalling your network adapter can also solve the problem.

  1. Press Windows + X and select Device Manager.
  2. Expand the Network adapters section.
  3. Right-click your WiFi adapter and select Uninstall device.
  4. Restart your computer to reinstall the adapter automatically.

8. Set the channel width to Auto​

  1. Right-click the Start Menu button and select Network Connections from the menu.
  2. When Network Connections window opens, right-click your wireless connection and choose Properties from the menu.
  3. Click the Configure button and go to the Advanced tab.
  4. Locate 802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4 and set it to Auto. 802.11n Channel Width Auto value
  5. Click OK to save changes.

9. Change WiFi Channel on Router​

Interference from other devices can sometimes be resolved by changing the WiFi channel on your router.

  1. Access your router's settings by typing the IP address (usually found on the router) into a web browser.
  2. Log in with your credentials.
  3. Locate the Wireless settings and change the WiFi channel.
The "Windows Can't Find WiFi Network" issue in Windows 10 can stem from various causes, but with the steps outlined above, you should be able to troubleshoot and resolve the problem.

By checking your settings, updating drivers, and potentially adjusting your router, you can restore your WiFi connection and get back online quickly. If the issue persists, it may be worth contacting your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for further assistance.
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